Resource Sharing

Information exchange within the GLFFC is ongoing and dynamic

Information related to wildfire program delivery, agency organization, air operations and equipment is conveyed through standing working committees, personnel and resource exchanges, compact meetings and reports.

GLFFC promotes the sharing of ideas, new technology, tools, personnel and resources throughout its member agencies. Annually, a plan is developed in which each committee or agency has the opportunity to participate in interagency exchanges. Exchange proposals are written to include a description, goals and objectives to be accomplished, identification of the sending and receiving agencies as well as identifying the specific resource, team or individual to participate. Upon approval of the GLFFC Executive Board and member agencies a lead person is responsible to ensure the exchange takes place. Upon completion of each exchange, a report and/or presentation is prepared to review lessons learned.

Listed below are examples of some of the information and resource sharing between agencies within the compact.

Fire Program Delivery Systems

  • Fire Suppression Strategies

  • Command and Control Structures

  • Planning and PreparednessHeadquarters Operations

  • Fire Detection

  • Fire Prevention

  • Wildland Fire and Leadership Training

Fire Organizations and Personnel

  • Command and Control Functions

  • State/Provincial Fire Crews (Configurations and Functions)

  • Contract Fire Crews (Configurations and Functions)

  • Dispatch (Away from Home) Guidelines

  • Workman’s Compensation Guidelines

  • Overhead Fire Teams (for large, escaped fires)

  • State/Provincial Fire Crews (Training, Physical Fitness Standards and Personal Safety Equipment)

  • Contract Fire Crews (Training, and Personal Safety Equipment)

  • Time/Payment Guidelines

  • Working Conditions

Air Operations

  • Aircraft Types Used by Compact Members

  • Air Tanker/ Water Bomber Drop Zones

  • Use of Transport Aircraft

  • Pilot Flight and Duty Time Limitations

  • Aircraft Refueling (Rotary and Fixed Wing)

  • Pilot/Passenger Authority and Responsibility

  • Passengers Allowed During External Load

  • Air Tanker/ Water Bomber Payloads (volume of water carried for bombing)

  • Use of Lead/Air Attack Aircraft

  • Air Tankers/Water Bomber Alert Procedures

  • Air Attack Communications

  • Transportation of Hazardous Materials & Dangerous Goods on Aircraft

  • Minimum Helicopter Equipment and Requirements

  • Helispots, Heliports and Landing Zones


  • Forest Fire Suppression Equipment

  • Use of Ground Foam

  • Specialized Equipment

  • Use of Aerial Foam and/or Chemical Retardant

Resource sharing includes equipment, fire crews, incident command (fire) teams, fire specialists and air tankers (heavy water bombers).